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Brunswick County Board of Commissioners (District 2)

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  • J. M. (Marty) Cooke

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    Marilyn Priddy

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What are your top 2 or 3 priorities for action on the Commission? (40 words max)

What policies should the county pursue to improve the affordability of housing? (30 words max)

What policies should be pursued to promote job development and equal employment opportunities? (30 words max)

What is your stance on the county’s current or future collaboration with federal immigration enforcement? (30 words max)

How will you ensure community transparency and accountability for the Sheriff's Department? (30 words max)

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Experience (35 words max) BS in Biology. I spent 34 years in occupational safety and health, identifying exposures to chemical and physical agents and finding practical solutions. I loved helping to improve the quality of life for workers.
To reduce poverty, we need employers who provide year-round jobs with good wages & benefits. To do this, we need a drug-free, well-trained workforce; that starts with early childhood education. We must protect our drinking water and coast from polluters.
Brunswick County is the fastest growing county in NC and costs are increasing. The county can partner with developers to build housing for working families and individuals.
Early college scholarships should be expanded to cover the construction and technical trades and crafts. Employers should partner with local schools & organizations to provide internships to all interested parties.
County officials should require a judicial warrant before granting federal immigration agents’ requests to detain or prolong detention of any individual. Agents should wear identification during interviews at county jails.
The Sheriff’s department recently began the CALEA accreditation process. The county should discuss the results in public meetings & share progress on all action items. Also continue holding community meetings.